Kaboom, A Thrift Store in Helsinki

kaboom, helsinki, thrift store, fleamarket

For the first time for a long time, I’m introducing a new second hand store to you. I was told about Kaboom by my friend, who has sold his stuff there and apparently has made good money each time. Hearing this, I had to go and check it out.

kaboom, helsinki, thrift store, fleamarket

Kaboom is located on Albertinkatu 46, only couple of hundred meters from the Kamppi shopping centre.

kaboom, helsinki, thrift store, fleamarket kaboom, helsinki, thrift store, fleamarketMy first impression was, that it’s not too big but there’s a nice mix of things for sale. Quite a bit of retro goodies as well. The prices range from very cheap to the upper edge of what I consider reasonable prices for second-hand goodies, but most of the stuff I saw was between 2-10 euros. Retro things obviously being more expensive.kaboom, helsinki, thrift store, fleamarketIf you are selling, there are some vitrines available for your pricier things. I ended up booking a table as they have a deal going on. 2 weeks for 70 euros. I usually get my butt kicked with self service second-hand stores, but I’m hoping this location is better for the stuff I usually sell. I haven’t checked my saldo yet, so fingers crossed :)

Anyhoo, Kaboom has a website HERE and a Facebook-page. The staff is very friendly and speaks English. Definitely worth a visit, if you are into thrifting and second-hand things.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Naturally I’ve bought a quite a few things from there already. They have a charity booth, where the proceeds go half to children’s charity and half to an animal shelter. I found this gorgeous, gorgeous skirt in it. It’s way too small for me, but I just had to have it for the print. I mean look at it:

kaboom, helsinki, thrift store, fleamarket

It’s just heavenly, don’t you think?

A 30 Minute DIY Table Fix

DIY Table Fix

Sometime last year, I bought a cheap Ikea table top and legs from my neighbourhood FB-flea market. The table top had been painted with wrong paint type and the colour kept rubbing off. I decided, that as soon as it became too ugly to look at, I’d do something about it. And that day was today.

DIY Table Fix

Not only did the colour keep rubbing off, it also gathered dirt and grease. Pretty nasty to think that blackish gunk on the top edge is actually from my arms, as I rest my arms there, when I type with my computer. Ew. Anyhoo, at first I thought about using DC-fix to cover the table top, but then I remembered I had some laminated cotton in my stash.

laminated cotton for DIY upholstering

I paid only 2 euros per meter for it and it’s from Jysk. Don’t bother to go look for it, I bought it either this or last summer, so they probably don’t have it anymore. But if you feel like splurging, you could always get Amy Butler-fabric as they are similar style.

DIY upholstered table

At first I spread the main fabric on the floor and then added some double layered white fabric to act as batting. I wanted to make sure the original table colour wouldn’t show through.

DIY table upholstering

Good thing about these Ikea work tables is that they are very light. I flipped it on the materials to see where to trim.

DIY table upholstering

I cut the white fabric slightly smaller (the same way you do with batting in quilting). Then it was just a matter of folding and stapling.

DIY table upholstering

As you can see, I had a little mishap on the left side :D but it was nothing some creative cutting wouldn’t fix. The corners are done like you would do corners in Christmas gifts. I recommend stapling them twice. Here’s the finished table:

DIY table upholster

I’m sorry I can’t show the full table. I’m in middle of a cleaning project, so there’s a spectacular mess just outside this image :D Also, the breadcrumbs in my keyboard look very professional :D Oh well…The total cost for this fix was under 2 euros. The batting was a freebie and I used less than a meter of the cover material. Very cheap indeed! Now I don’t feel too bad for spending nearly 60 euros on Halloween and Christmas craft goodies :D

-Thrifty Finn-

DIY Minty Fresh Maxiskirt

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Oohlalaa…It took Finland of nearly two months but we finally got summer at the end of July. I was so excited about this that I actually made something for myself to wear! A maxi skirt! And it’s so pretty!

mint floral fabric, diy maxi skirt

I had 1,5mx1,4m sized piece of this floral viscose. Originally I had planned to make a couple of infinity scarves out of it, but my procrastination helped me to save the fabric for something better; a skirt. The construction for this is very simple and there is no cutting waste, which is a huge plus at this day and age.

First, I sewed the ends of the fabric together to create a french seam. Since the floral pattern over here is an all-over pattern, I didn’t have to worry about the direction. I wanted to save the selvages for the waistband and the hem, so I wouldn’t have to do unnecessary folding and pressing. I could leave them as is in there. Here’s an image of the french seam and the waist band fold:

a french seam, waistband fold, diy maxi skirt

The waistband was easy to do. I just folded the top, stitched it down leaving a few centimeter opening for the elastic insertion. I used 5 cm wide elastic to prevent ‘digging in’, which happens quite often with the narrower ones. After I had pulled the elastic through, I sewed the ends together with repeated zig zag stitch. Then I closed the opening with a straight stitch. It looks like this on the right side:

DiY maxi skirt, waistband

At this point I put the skirt on to see how much extra I had in the bottom. Since I’m 165cm tall, I had about 25 centimeters to work with. Personally I’m huge fan of wide hems. They look more expensive and in this case, as the viscose is very light weight, it added weight and pull. Again, I used the selvage, so I didn’t have to do an extra fold to hide an unsightly raw edge. I just used a quilting ruler to make sure I had an even fold all the way round, pinned it in few places, pressed it with my iron and sewed away. If you squint, you can see the stitching in the hem:

DIY maxi skirt

And here’s my finished look. I DID have a pictures of me wearing it but my friend, who is an engineer, takes so unflattering photos that I usually just scream with horror when I see them, so I decided to spare you from the trauma. But I’m pretty pleased with the look and the skirt anyway.


If you have any questions, or if you’d like to see a Burda-style flat drawing of this to help you make one for yourself, just give me a shout out in the comments. I have another maxi-skirt to show you but it’s a more complicated one and I’m posting it later this week. If I get around to it that is :D

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Funny story…I decided to wear this skirt the same day I made it. My friend (the engineer one) asked me to join him at a park in Helsinki for some sun and cider. I got a bike this summer, so I decided to bike to Helsinki. A breezy 10 kilometres (and further 3-4 kilometres to the park), nothing I couldn’t handle. Of course at this point I didn’t think of the possibility, that a maxi skirt is not the best choice of attire, when cycling. A not so tiny security risk of having the hem getting stuck between the gears. Lucky for me, that didn’t happen. But what DID happen…In one zebra crossing or another, I had gotten off the bike and when I’d gotten back on, I didn’t lift enough extra fabric behind me to allow my butt to move inside the skirt. There was tension. Which caused a rip. Which then showed my coral pink granny panties for god knows how many kilometers. I should have realized, when people kept passing me on their bikes and looking back at me smiling, that something might be amiss.

Why meeeeeeee???

Well, at least I made some people happy. And my friend had sewing kit, so I could mend the hole and continue our day at the park. But still. Yet another cringe-worthy moment in my life.

Pinteresting vol. XLV

Thrifty Finn | Pinterest

Guess who’s back and pinning like crazy? Me of course. Did you read about how Pinterest is planning to make shopping directly from pins possible? Yeah, that means doom for my wallet. I shall buy everything. Which is not a lot with my income but…I shall buy all the things I can buy!

Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

Anyhoo. Here are some of my new favourite pins:

strawberry peach rustic tart

Via sallysbakingaddiction.com

I think I told you got myself a gardening lot this summer. I found some strawberry plants hidden in the weeds and I transferred them to a proper plot. Unfortunately I had done the stupid thing and fertilized the ground with horse poop, which ended up being too strong for the strawberry plants and they died. That won’t stop me from dreaming about delicious strawberry tarts though. And this one looks so, so delicious. From my board Sweet & Sweeter.

build your best sangria infographic

Via missouriwine.org

Since we crafters and social mediasters (new word!) are a bit parcial for alcoholic beverages, I thought this infographic is in our best interests. I have pinned tons of sangria recipes on my Drinksies-board but this will help me make up my own. For example, now I know that I’ve always forgotten to add liquor in my sangria! You really do live and learn every day.

Siri, floral font, creative market

via Creativemarket.com

Aah…This font is so pretty, girly and summery! It wouldn’t matter what kind of product this font  would be slapped on, I would buy it! You can buy this font too, at creativemarket.com for 35$. Or, if you are cheap like me, just use this as an inspiration to create an alphabet collage with a free font and some floral clip art from Graphic’s Fairy. I’m so innovative! From my board Font Book.

rose floral arrangement

Via pinterest.com

I couldn’t find the original source for this one. Which is a pity as I loove this arrangement and the colours. I wish I could find a floral fabric with this colouring. Imagine the maxi dress possibilities! Anyhoo, it’s also a pity that the 90s floral craze hasn’t quite reached Finland yet. Or maybe it did, and I just missed it. I’d like to think the reason is the former though. From my board Flowers, Plants & Botanics.

floral shifong blouse

Via anthropologie.com

See, THIS kind of patterns and colours I’m talking about. I look like shit in the pale and muted colours they sell over here. I’d sooo rock this. Or I’d look like a sofa. With some bread crumbs in the cleavage. There’s always that risk. Anyway, the blouse is from Anthropologie and apparently they have additional 20% off their sale items. Do they have any stores in Europe? I’d love to see their stuff live for once. From my board Trés Stylish.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Here’s the compulsory cute doggy picture. Also with flowers:

floral crown on a dog

Via Wearwagrepeat.com